The emergence of spacetime in condensed matter approaches to quantum gravity

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Abstract

Condensed matter approaches to quantum gravity suggest that spacetime emerges in the low-energy sector of a fundamental condensate. This essay investigates what could be meant by this claim. In particular, I offer an account of low-energy emergence that is appropriate to effective field theories in general, and consider the extent to which it underwrites claims about the emergence of spacetime in effective field theories of condensed matter systems of the type that are relevant to quantum gravity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)338-345
Number of pages8
JournalStudies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B - Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Volume44
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2013

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Keywords

  • Condensed Matter
  • Effective Field Theory
  • Emergence
  • Quantum Gravity
  • Spacetime

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  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • History

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